Petrol-powered feminist icon celebrated on stage

‘Garage Girls’ explores the life and times of mechanic, inventor and businesswoman Alice Anderson, who established Australia’s first all-female garage in 1919.
A white woman wearing motoring goggles holds a steering wheel. Her head is thrown back, her long hair blowing in the wind, and she is laughing or shouting exuberantly.

The remarkable life of trailblazing feminist icon Alice Anderson, mechanic, inventor, businesswoman and unconventional member of the Lyceum Club (an arts, literature and social activism group for women only) is being brought to loving life by La Mama in collaboration with Three Birds Theatre and The Shift Theatre.

Set mostly in the roaring 1920s, this spirited production takes place in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the home of Victoria’s first all-girl garage. At its helm was Anderson, a woman ahead of her time, whose life was cut tragically short aged 29 by a gunshot wound to the head, supposedly self-inflicted while cleaning her firearm.

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Spiro Economopoulos was the Program Director for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival for 7+ years. Previously he was part of the film programming and exhibitions team at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. He also led the programming for the Dungog Film Festival, has written plays for Melbourne Workers Theatre, directed and written short films for SBS and is a regular freelance film reviewer.